Southern Tier – Choklat Imperial Stout

Tasting: December 26, 2011
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV – 10%
Plato – 25 degrees (see my glossary – anything over 20 is highly dense)

Southern Tier Choklat

Southern Tier produces a number of imperial stouts as part of what they call their “Blackwater Series”. There are five offerings each available at different times of the year. This one is their “winter” release and this year’s version has been available since November. The label tells the story of a chocolate beverage known to the Mayans as xocoati (ch-co-atie). They don’t suggest that this Mayan drink was beer – rather that chocolate was a prized possession worthy of royalty.

I guess the mention of Mayans is apropos in that there is buzz on the internet about the discovery of Mayan ruins right here in the United States. If you aren’t familiar – the Mayan civilization vanished without explanation. Some scientists have speculated that the Mayans relocated and now one scientist is claiming ruins in Georgia are of Mayan origin. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this discovery and the Mayans in the next year as it is also their prophecy that has our world’s coming to its end on December 21, 2012.

They suggest a rather cold serving temperature for a stout at 45 degrees. Whoa – holy chocolate – roasted chocolate malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Reminds me of powdered cocoa or baking chocolate. You also get hit with a moderate alcohol as well. Little or no carbonation and thick. Provides a nice stickiness. Where some stouts might provide a bitterness via roasted grains or hops — this one isn’t bitter other than the bitter chocolate. This is decadent stout, worthy of sipping on with dessert. I’m really enjoying this one and will put it at 92 points.

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